Assange is truly barking

His argument is that since the UK is changing its relationship with the EAW then therefore he can leave the embassy and be OK.

Erm, no:

In the first indication that the stand-off which has cost the British taxpayer £7 million may be drawing to a close, Mr Assange said he would “soon” leave the Ecuadorian embassy in west London.

During a halting and sometimes contradictory press conference in the embassy, Mr Assange thanked the British Government for making recent changes to extradition laws.

He suggested Parliament had changed the law because of the “abuses of my rights”.

However, Mr Assange and his legal advisers appeared to have made an embarrassing error by misunderstanding a basic aspect of the new legislation.

The Home Office quickly undermined his key claim by confirming the changes would not apply in the case of Mr Assange, who has been a wanted man in Sweden since 2010, because they are not retrospective.

It’s not just that either. He jumped bail, an offence in itself. And the law is the law at the time you do something, not whatever it might be changed to afterwards. They’ve really not understood this at all.

17 comments on “Assange is truly barking

  1. The sort of lawyers he hires spend most of their time effectively making up the law as they go along. Perhaps they really believe it?

    Anyway, the future Mrs Clooney can concentrate on babies from here on if necessary. It’s a very important job, whereas inventing “rights” by legal fiat is one without honour, and liable to get you in trouble with future generations 🙁

  2. He is, possibly, the 21st Century’s first professional narcissist. Of course, it is all about him.

    Not about Ben Herdman, Deborah Dark or Graham Mitchell – all actual injustices under the EAW system.

    It’s all about an Australian madman, wanted for questioning over rape allegations in Sweden.

  3. If memory serves, Assange actually had some half-decent lawyers when he was under house arrest. But because the world did not mold itself exactly to his will, he threw a snit and snuck off to spend the next two years living in broom closet. He really does not seem to have thought this through at all.

  4. @SE

    ‘He is, possibly, the 21st Century’s first professional narcissist. Of course, it is all about him.’

    I think Murphy was around earlier?

    A psychiatrist could make a career out of the two of them.

  5. I’m surprised Murphy has not seen fit (or I have not noticed) to comment on the Assange situation, given he has a view on every other aspect of life and the universe and is demonstrably an expert in every field of it (including Yuman Rights).

    Or maybe, just maybe, Assange’s character traits (defects) looks just a little too close to those of Murphy for comfort?

  6. Assange is great at sticking it to The Man, as long as The Man is an awestruck female groupie. When he came up against The actual Man, he went to pieces.

  7. Dan
    August 19, 2014 at 9:07 am

    If memory serves, Assange actually had some half-decent lawyers when he was under house arrest.

    As far as I remember they were either free or paid for by a bunch of luvvies who also put up his bail.

    We don’t here much from them nowadays.

  8. The feministas are usually keen for anyone to face justice for alleged rape – you know, we must improve on those conviction rates.

    Anyone heard from them lately?

    Bueller? Harman? Anyone?

  9. I just get the impression that if forced to shake Assange’s hand, one would wait until he wasn’t looking and then wipe one’s hand surreptitiously on one’s trouser leg. He looks a clammy sort of a cove.

  10. He’s had top legal representation in the UK (iirc he had two teams, he fell out with the first) and his arguments have been heard by three UK courts and three or four Swedish courts. He has literally and figuratively exhausted due process.

  11. Assange is clearly a very strange man. But I’m not sure whether the ad hom attacks above mean that commenters disapprove of what he did? It’s possible for a nasty person to do good things, you know.

  12. It’s possible for a nasty person to do good things, you know.

    Do you mean the alleged raping or the bragged about leaking?

    And I’m not sure that accusing him of being a narcissist, in this context, is an “ad hom”. I was attacking the comment that

    Parliament had changed the law because of the “abuses of my rights”.

    and comparing him to people who have actually suffered (and have a significant degree of public rather than special interest group support) from the EAW framework. Rather than, say, commenting on his alleged tendency to rape or his insistence that all information should be free (as long as it first passes through the sticky mitts of J Assange.)

  13. Assange is a twat–no argument there. But as said before, he and other leftist slugs like Greenwald have exposed the fact that Uncle Scum (and I mean no disrespect to the American people) is busy pissing on freedom not just in the US but everywhere.
    Snowden is in hiding, Greenwald (apart from hassles for his boyfriend from the bluebottles ) is still in business and Assange is wanted for “rape”. (See the legal screed which UK Liberty links to in the previous Assange blog–and read the bits that give the prosecutions version of what happened 74/75/76+93/94+99 to 102 and 121/122/125/126 and decide for yourself if what he is alleged to have done–and this is the prosecutions version remember_ constitutes rape and if he is deserving of mangina Dave’s call for 15 years in jail. Please try to decide on the evidence–not on the fact you hate the bloke.). 2 whistleblowers down and one harassed. As for Sweden being less inclined to bow down to Uncle Slime–who amongst you would bet your entire future on the legal opinion of some tosspot from the New Statesman. Sweden, if news reports can be believed, seemingly can’t even protect its own women from fun-loving members of the RoP, which makes the charge against Assange ironic as well as convenient.

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